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Publications about law and health

The documents below relate to key issues, progress and events of relevance to OxHA.
Incentives for prevention
19 Mar 2009 | This paper, by Health England (the 'national reference group for health and wellbeing' in the UK) reviews some 'economic incentive schemes' that 'bring some of the costs from unhealthy activities (or the benefits from healthy ones) back from the future, or that reduce some of the benefits from unhealthy activities (or reduce the costs of healthy ones) in the present.' The review applies 'five criteria to help identify the relative strengths and weaknesses of different schemes: their effectiveness, their cost relative to effectiveness, their impact on equity, their feasibility and their impact on individual and local autonomy.'
Global health law | 130.5 kB
22 Sep 2008 | 'Global Health Law: A Definition and Grand Challenges', by L. Gostin (Public Health Ethics 1(1), 2008). A Framework Convention on Global Health (FCGH), proposed by Lawrence Gostin(O’Neill Professor of Global Health Law at Georgetown University) and Allyn L. Taylor would represent an historical shift in global health, with a broadly imagined global health governance. A FCGH would incorporate a bottom-up strategy focused on (1) building capacity, so that all countries have enduring and effective health systems, and (2) setting priorities, so that international assistance is directed to meeting basic survival needs. For more details on the FCGH, see both this article and, also by Prof Gostin, 'Meeting basic survival needs of the world’s least healthy people: toward a Framework Convention on Global Health', at http://www.oxha.org/knowledge/publications/Global%20Health%20Law%20GLJ.pdf
Obesity: should there be a law against it?
25 Jun 2008 | This series of open-access articles draws on an Australia and New Zealand Health Policy conference in 2006. It includes contributions from Boyd Swinburn and Roger Magnusson (who also edited the series).
The law and chronic disease prevention
21 Jan 2008 | 'The law and chronic disease prevention: possibilities and politics', by Roger S Magnusson and Ruth Colagiuri, appeared in MJA 2008; 188 (2): 104-105. It notes that, while legislation has the potential to reduce chronic disease, political will and leadership are essential.
What are governments for?
03 Dec 2007 | Article by Martin McKee and Ruth Colagiuri, in the series of OxHA articles in the MJA (3/17 December 2007). It addresses the inconsistencies in government action on public health.
Public health: ethical issues
13 Nov 2007 | This report by the Nuffield Council on Bioethics considers the responsibilities of government, industry, individuals and others in promoting the health of everyone. The Council concludes that the state has a particular duty to help people lead a healthy life and to reduce inequalities. It addresses obesity and tobacco use, in particular.
Toward a Framework Convention on Global Health | 296.2 kB
14 Sep 2007 | 'Meeting basic survival needs of the world’s least healthy people: toward a Framework Convention on Global Health' by L. Gostin (The Georgetown Law Journal, 96:331, 2008). A Framework Convention on Global Health (FCGH), proposed by Lawrence Gostin, O’Neill Professor of Global Health Law at Georgetown University, would represent an historical shift in global health, with a broadly imagined global health governance. A FCGH would incorporate a bottom-up strategy focused on (1) building capacity, so that all countries have enduring and effective health systems, and (2) setting priorities, so that international assistance is directed to meeting basic survival needs. For more details on the FCGH, see both this article and, also by Prof Gostin, 'Global Health Law: A Definition and Grand Challenges', at http://www.oxha.org/knowledge/publications/Global%20Health%20Law%20J%20PH%20Ethics.pdf
Model for global health governance | 72.3 kB
11 Jul 2007 | Article by Lawrence Gostin in JAMA 298(2), pp. 225+, 'Meeting the Survival Needs of the World’s Least Healthy People: A Proposed Model for Global Health Governance'. Such a model would 'would represent a historical shift in global health, with broadly imagined global governance. The initial framework would establish the key modalities, with a strategy for subsequent protocols on each of the most important governance parameters.'
World's least healthy people | 69.6 kB
04 Jul 2007 | This article by Lawrence Gostin, 'Why Rich Countries Should Care About the World’s Least Healthy People' published in JAMA 298:1, pp.89+. It concludes that 'Global health, like global climate change, may soon become a matter so important to the world’s future that it demands international attention, and no state can escape the responsibility to act.'
Law and health policy Dialogue 2 | 58.0 kB
21 Jun 2007 | A summary of the OxHA Oxford Dialogue on 'The law and health in relation to the workplace and the physical environment', held in Melbourne, 21 June 2007. We would welcome your comments.
NCDs and global health governance | 414.6 kB
22 May 2007 | This article (from Globalization and Health, 22 May 2007), 'Non-communicable diseases and global health governance: enhancing global processes to improve health development', is by Roger S Magnusson. It assesses progress in the development of a global framework for responding to noncommunicable diseases, as reflected in the policies and initiatives of the World Health Organization, World Bank and the UN.
Law and health policy Dialogue 1 | 59.5 kB
12 Feb 2007 | A summary of the OxHA Oxford Dialogue on 'The law and health in relation to the workplace and the physical environment', held at Sydney University, 12 February 2007. We would welcome your comments.
Law as a tool to prevent obesity | 79.3 kB
03 Jan 2007 | Article by Lawrence Gostin, 'Law as a Tool to Facilitate Healthier Lifestyles and Prevent Obesity', published in JAMA 297(1), pp. 87+. It discusses the many issues around using the law in this way, including its internationl dimension, international dimensions, as suggested by the recent adoption of the European Charter on Counteracting Obesity